County Assembly still homeless three years on

By: DAVID MACHARIA

Three years since it was inaugurated, the Nyandarua County Assembly is still homeless.

Like a nomad, the Assembly which holds its sittings in a church building, is now forced to relocate to new grounds to allow the church conduct the annual its business.

This week for instance, the Assembly relocated to a new venue to allow the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), which has been hosting it in one of its facilities, to use it for training 100 boys undergoing the rites of passage.

Starting last Tuesday, the the Assembly moved from the PCEA Church in Ol Kalou town to Manunga Catholic Church in Miharati, Kipipiri District.

Last year, the Assembly had to shift its sittings to the Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology for the same reason, during the December holidays.

According to the county director of Communications, Mr Mukiri Muchiri, the Assembly does not pay rent “but gives something to the church in form of offering in return”.

“The Assembly is forced to move because the annual ritual will start at the Ol Kalou (PCEA) Church from this Friday,” Mr Mukiri said in a telephone interview last week.

The room where the sittings are held is so small that members of the public don’t have room to sit and follow the proceedings.

Mr Muchiri, however, said the cycle of relocating every year to give way to the rite of passage will end soon when the Assembly moves to its permanent place early next year.

“We hope to move to the Assembly building which is nearing completion in January 2016 when we return from Christmas recess,” he said in reference to the Sh25 million Assembly building being put up.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION